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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site



Treatment date
28 September 2009

Reason for treatment

Treatment proposal
Examine, X-ray, clean, repair, stabilize, and repack as required.

The object came back from York with small mineralised textile remains detached from the object. Some of the wooden remains were loose.

Treatment details
The packaging of the object was modified to make it more accessible. The loose wood remains were consolidated with 5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone applied with a glass micropipette. The textile fragment was placed inside a gelatine capsule together with the object.